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GHS Big Core?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Levin, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. Levin

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    Hi!
    Was skimming through Basstringsonline today and noticed these, haven't seen them before.

    How are they? What do they compare to? :D Tell me all about them!
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    The Musician in me talking: I like them. Unlike the Progressives that I normally use, these strings have a deeper fundamental, warmth and punch, while still retaining the clarity and focus. I have these on three different basses, and they work well in a variety of musical settings, live and in studio.

    As a musician that uses the entire neck of the bass (yep, even past the fifth fret on the B string), the E and B strings are great. They retain clarity and tone up the neck, as well as across the entire fretboard.



    The Social Media Ninja in me talking: The Big Core strings have a slightly heavier core wire, which allows you to keep a decent tension at dropped or detuned tunings, but still use them for standard. The combination of stainless steel and nickel-iron wraps gives a deep, warm tone with punch and upper end clarity. The tapered E and B strings allow for extra focus far beyond the fifth fret.

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    Yeah! Thank you, great to hear about them! Might test those out, looking for something new for my jazz am. standard, have played all kinds of strings on it but prefer steels on it right now.
    It was almost a year I think since I changed the... LaBella Deep Talkin' rounds on it, and I love them.
    But it's nice with a change sometimes :D I think that steel cuts through better on a jazz but I like the feel and sound of nickel more.
    This maybe is it!
    However I prefer medium to light gauges (despite having 46-110-something on it right now...), will these be rather stiff at 40-100 compared to most others?
    I play something like 90 % fingering, 5 % slap 5 % palm-mute.
    Anyway if I test those I think i will try the Fender flats first, as I have a pair laying around... but my past experiences with flats on jazzes haven't been very satysfying for long.
    The fenders growl a lot tho'! Maybe they are it :D Otherwise I think I will give these a go!
    Thanks again for all response.
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    As of right now, they're only available in medium (45-105 for 4, with a 130 for the 5). They are a little on the stiffer side, but given that I play a lot of upright bass as well, that doesn't really affect my playing.

    If you wanted to change to something "close" but keep the light gauges, I'd do the Progressives in a heartbeat. They use the same nickel-iron wraps as the Big Core, but are a little brighter.
  6. Dredmahawkus

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    These sound exactly like what I am looking for! a tapered stiffer great sounding nickel string! Do they taper for string through fenders to fit around the saddles?
    I used to love Fender 8250s before they changed them.....this sounds like it could be almost the same...or in the ballpark.

    I just ordered a set
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    Nice! Please let me know what you think.

    The taper is long enough for a string-thru bridge; it has about a 1/4" before it tapers to the full size. I have it strung this way on my Lakland in the office.
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    are they roundcore or hex?
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    Hex.
  10. Levin

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    Maybe I'll check the progressives out! Or Rotos... : P
    No seriously I'll just wait until a thinner version of these get out! If they do.
    I don't want that bright ; )
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    I want to hear them! I never get psyched about strings but these sound just like the old 8250s before d;addario started making fenders strings....they were kind of thick and stiff so you can get super low action...tapered E string...and it had a piano like warm fullness yet punch and no finger noise.
    I think GHS only offered tapered stainless until these came out.
    I am really excited to try them! I might actually take my old 8250s off for now just to test em out when they get here.
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    BIG CORE-----teal silks?
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    Yep, teal silks.
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    Oh. They are the same as Rene Martinez taper core haha, I see.
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    I thought that's just a myth?
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    Tweaked a bit and repackaged to better capitalize on their benefits, yep.

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